Tuesday , Jul , 19 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Swift move: Houston reportedly inks free agent forward

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Free agent forward Stromile Swift has
reportedly signed a five-year contract with the Houston Rockets. The deal,
though, cannot become official until the league moratorium for free agent
signings is lifted on July 22.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the deal is worth about $30 million over
five years — consistent with the midlevel salary exception available to
Houston, which is over the salary cap.

“He has decided to become a Houston Rocket,” Swift’s agent Andy Miller told
the paper. “He’s absolutely excited about playing with Tracy McGrady and Yao
Ming. The Houston organization has been very consistent and adamant about
getting him.”

Swift spent his first five NBA seasons with Memphis and netted 9.0 points
and 5.0 rebounds per contest. Last year, he posted 10.1 points and 4.6
rebounds in 60 games. In 2001-02, he posted career-highs in points (11.8) and
boards (6.3), his second season in the league.

The Grizzlies, then based in Vancouver, selected Swift with the No.2 overall
pick in the 2000 NBA Draft. Memphis made the playoffs twice with Swift, but
lost both post season appearances, getting swept by San Antonio in 2004 and
Phoenix this past season.